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Bigotry on the Playing Field (NYT editorial)
New York Times ^ | March 11, 2012

Posted on 03/12/2012 7:14:12 AM PDT by reaganaut1

Intolerance seems to be part of the message sent to student-athletes on the sporting fields of Texas. Only under legal pressure and public criticism did the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, which organizes competitions for more than 200 schools, recently agree to accommodate an Orthodox Jewish school and reschedule a basketball game that would have violated the Sabbath.

The association’s ignorance and bigotry toward Islamic schools is more stunning. As reported in The Times, one Islamic high school that sought to join the association, known as Tapps, in 2010 got a questionnaire that asked the school: “It is our understanding that the Koran tells you not to mix with (and even eliminate) the infidels. Christians and Jews fall into that category. Why do you wish to join an organization whose membership is in disagreement with your religious beliefs?” It also asked: “What is your attitude about the spread of Islam in America?”

The school, the Iman Academy SW in Houston, wanted to join the local soccer competition. It filled out the questionnaire and was denied membership. “Our kids are just as American as their kids,” an academy official said. “We just wanted to play ball.” At least two other Islamic schools declined to respond to the questionnaire.

Tapps also has surveyed member schools about allowing in Islamic schools. Sixty-three percent of 83 respondents rejected Islamic schools for membership in 2010, according to school officials. The others said it was in Tapps’s best interest to be open. Ten schools said they would quit Tapps if Islamic members were admitted.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: islam; muslimstudents
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Their understanding is correct.
1 posted on 03/12/2012 7:14:18 AM PDT by reaganaut1
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To: reaganaut1

Sorry, NYT, but I don’t give a hairy, smelly Obama about anything Muslim anymore.

They’ve amply demonstrated that they are not a religion, but an evil that sooner or later will have to be dealt with.


2 posted on 03/12/2012 7:15:52 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: reaganaut1

Question 3.) If you lose a football game. Would you want to kill the infidel?


3 posted on 03/12/2012 7:19:17 AM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else (Maybe Tim Thomas))
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To: reaganaut1

Completely reasonable questions deserving answers.


4 posted on 03/12/2012 7:19:56 AM PDT by ecomcon
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To: reaganaut1

I wonder if any of the Islamic schools responded to the questions by saying that Islam doesn’t teach those things. Of course, it would just be taqiyya if they did claim that, but it’s interesting to see if they would be willing to go on the record regarding that.

I remember reading an article talking about how Prince Charles got together a bunch of Islamic “moderates” to condemn terrorism - but he couldn’t find anybody among those “moderates” who was willing to disagree with the statement that Islam requires the subjugation or killing of “infidels”. And that’s among the “moderates”!


5 posted on 03/12/2012 7:20:06 AM PDT by butterdezillion
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To: reaganaut1

Exactly
Muslims must according to their holy book and to sharia hate Christians and Jews
so who is the bigot here?


6 posted on 03/12/2012 7:21:40 AM PDT by RWGinger (Simpl)
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To: reaganaut1
Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools

An organization created, no doubt, to be able to control the exposure of their students to the riff-raff of the world.
We home schooled for the same reason.

Just another reason to be a proud Texan!

7 posted on 03/12/2012 7:22:38 AM PDT by grobdriver
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To: reaganaut1

Bigotry and intolerance is on display at the NYT editorial board.


8 posted on 03/12/2012 7:24:25 AM PDT by sauropod (You can elect your very own tyranny - Marc Levin)
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To: reaganaut1
The NYTs, full of BS again.

It took less than a few days for the Association to reverse its decision. Once members of the Jewish Community explained the significance of how they honor the Sabbath to the Association, they agreed to reschedule the game (which the Jewish team promptly won). Yes, there was a lawsuit filed as an emergency injuction (because time was NOT on the team's side), but it was withdrawn and lasted a whole 2 days.

Contrary to the spin of the NY Slimes, Texans are not anti-Jewish.

9 posted on 03/12/2012 7:30:55 AM PDT by TheWriterTX (Riding the Long-Wave Economic Contraction, Baby!)
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To: reaganaut1

The NYT does not give a rat’s ass about the orthodox jewish school they open the article with, who do they think they are fooling?

I don’t favor prejudice against any school but these leftist idiots drool over a muslim religion that would shut them down in a heartbeat, that accepts none of their liberal ways of life.


10 posted on 03/12/2012 7:31:00 AM PDT by Williams (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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To: butterdezillion
I remember reading an article talking about how Prince Charles got together a bunch of Islamic “moderates” to condemn terrorism - but he couldn’t find anybody among those “moderates” who was willing to disagree with the statement that Islam requires the subjugation or killing of “infidels”. And that’s among the “moderates”!

Not saying this is the case, but I have a well educated friend (Canadian) who took a college class from one of these moderate Muslims. One day, her class started asking these type of questions and the female professor got visibly very nervous. She finally agreed to speak off the record on the condition that the class respect her request to speak off the record and turn off the lights so there would be no recorded proof of what she actually said.

She then spoke through a voice alteration device and explained than many moderate Muslims, even in the west, were afraid to speak out against terrorist lest they become victims. She explained about concepts like taqiyya and explained that even in the ranks of so-called Muslim moderates that there were many spies intent on silencing discussion. My friend said she sounded genuinely sincere and genuinely frightened and, thus, the extraordinary steps taken to conceal her real identity just for speaking the truth.

11 posted on 03/12/2012 7:32:29 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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Why must we be tolerant to the intolerant?

12 posted on 03/12/2012 7:33:37 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: reaganaut1

Dear New York Times,

When you have corrected all the problems in New York maybe then you can stick you nose in the business of Texas.


13 posted on 03/12/2012 7:36:28 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: BitWielder1

When I was a kid in the 80s, whenever there was a Jewish holiday, our soccer team just played short a few guys. They observed the holiday, and didn’t ask the games to be rescheduled.


14 posted on 03/12/2012 7:38:39 AM PDT by VA_Gentleman ("Poor Al Gore. Global warming completely debunked via the very internet you invented." -Jon Stewart)
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To: RWGinger
Its not about bigotry, its about self-fulfilling prophecies.

In this case the prophecy is about what the muslim(s) may do(be a terrorist).

The self fulfilling part of the prophecy is that the action of preventing assimilation(participating in sports) insures that the muslim will become a terrorist

15 posted on 03/12/2012 7:40:40 AM PDT by Ben Ficklin
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To: Da Coyote

The NYTs REAL problem = PRIVATE Christian schools

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The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, or TAPPS, is an organization headquartered in the Salado Civic Center in downtown Salado, Texas. It creates rules for, and sometimes administers, almost all athletic and academic contests for non-public high schools in the American state of Texas. (Texas, unlike most states, has separate organizations for public and private schools, but public and private schools may schedule each other in competition.)

Activities range from football and other sports to academic and fine arts competitions.

As of 2012 TAPPS organizes competitions for over 200 private schools in Texas.

TAPPS was established in the 1970s in order to coordinate athletic competitions among Christian schools.

In 2010 Iman Academy Southwest, a Muslim school, submitted an application to join TAPPS. TAPPS responded by asking Iman to complete a questionnaire with questions like “Historically, there is nothing in the Koran that fully embraces Christianity or Judaism in the way a Christian and/or a Jew understands his religion. Why, then, are you interested in joining an association whose basic beliefs your religion condemns?” Iman Academy SW did not fill out the questionnaire and the attached application, and TAPPS denied Iman SW admission into the league. Iman SW did not appeal the decision.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_Association_of_Private_and_Parochial_Schools


16 posted on 03/12/2012 7:42:09 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: Vigilanteman

That wouldn’t surprise me a bit.

It’s sort of like how even the “conservative” media folks tiptoe around Obama’s eligibility.

That’s why terrorism is used; it’s effective.

Against that backdrop, consider Barack Obama - who, if he were telling the truth, would be an apostate Muslim who wants to fight Muslim terrorism. If “moderates” are afraid to say anything because they know they would then become targets, why is Obama not a target?

Because they know he’s lying to us. They know it because he was installed by them to lie to us.


17 posted on 03/12/2012 7:46:54 AM PDT by butterdezillion
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To: reaganaut1

Don’t Mess with Texas!


18 posted on 03/12/2012 7:47:38 AM PDT by Misplaced Texan (July 4, 2009 - the first day of the 2nd Revolution!)
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To: butterdezillion

Iman Academy SW was given a questionnaire. Among the questions:

–“Historically, there is nothing in the Koran that fully embraces Christianity or Judaism in the way a Christian and/or a Jew understands his religion. Why, then, are you interested in joining an association whose basic beliefs your religion condemns?”

–“It is our understanding that the Koran tells you not to mix with (and even eliminate) the infidels. Christians and Jews fall into that category. Why do you wish to join an organization whose membership is in disagreement with your religious beliefs?”

–“How does your school address certain Christian concepts? (i.e. celebrating Christmas)”

The private-schools association, known by the acronym Tapps, was established in the 1970s to coordinate sports among Christian schools.

http://www.faithfreedom.org/features/news/muslim-school-denied-entry-into-texas-private-school-sports-league/


19 posted on 03/12/2012 7:48:32 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: VA_Gentleman

Was that in the public schools?

This is private schools, so this is a non-governmental association I would presume.


20 posted on 03/12/2012 7:48:45 AM PDT by butterdezillion
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